Retired pastor Harvard to honor wife with Habitat house

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The Durham News
By Flo Johnston 

For those who missed it, WRAL’s “Carolina Traveler” recently featured Joe Harvard, retired pastor at First Presbyterian Church, and his wife, Carlisle, as well as the work of Durham Habitat for Humanity.

The Harvards celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last August, and Joe decided to honor his wife by co-sponsoring a Habitat House in East Durham.

“She did so much over the years to build a home for our children and me. It would be an appropriate way to acknowledge what our home means to us by helping to provide a safe and comfortable home for another family,” he said.

“I am pleased that the historic rehab home we will be building in partnership with a Habitat home buyer will be located in East Durham at 2010 Ashe St. This is a neighborhood near the First Presbyterian Church where I served as pastor for 33 years. It is also where efforts are being made to strengthen the neighborhood and the lives of the young people who live there.”

The Harvards made a $25,000 down payment on the house with the guarantee they would see that the necessary $50,000 is provided.

“Carlisle and I are inviting our family and friends to join us in this effort,” he said.

Work on the house will begin at 11:30 a.m. April 5.

Call Habitat Humanity of Durham at 919-682-0516.

Habitat Success Stories

Anita and her sister thought they were experiencing night sweats but realized that it was raining inside their home. Habitat partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield to replace their roof. “I used to go to bed every night and the rain would be all over my face but not anymore. Thank you.”